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From "Roy T. Fielding" <>
Subject Re: ARI, Atom Reference Implementation [Proposal]
Date Wed, 24 May 2006 01:39:36 GMT
On May 23, 2006, at 5:16 AM, robert burrell donkin wrote:

> On 5/23/06, David N. Welton <> wrote:
>> James M Snell wrote:
>> > Not good:
>> > Garrett Rooney wrote:
>> >>
>> >>
>> There are a bunch of names here, and on the related pages (neutron,
>> fermion,  etc...):
> some cool options there but many seem already taken
> leading on to scientists closely associated with atoms:
> Dalton
> Rutherford
> (quick google seems to indicate that these are less widely used as  
> names for
> software that many physics terms)

FYI, in California, the names/images of real people who lived within
the past 75 years or so are protected by laws that are more like
copyright than trademarks, and reserved for the exclusive benefit of
the person's estate.  It was originally intended to protect the image
of famous people used in advertising. Similar laws (with varying
length of coverage) are found elsewhere.

As such, the days when you could name a product after a famous person
are long gone unless you can get that person to sign a document that
gives us irrevocable permission.


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